Myerscough decks out Deptford ‘train’ café

The first phase of a design project for the regeneration of Deptford has been created by Morag Myerscough, director of Studio Myerscough.

The designer is responsible for the interior decoration and branding being applied to a commuter train carriage which has been converted into a café on Deptford High Street by property developer Cathedral Group.

The Deptford Project café will be the headquarters for a programme of art and design events in the area.

Myerscough says her designs are aimed at creating a feeling of community within the café and one side of the train displays the local history of the area, while the other is covered with images and lyrics whose inspiration is drawn from train songs such as ‘The Love Train’.

‘We have used a long table as the main seating area which encourages a feeling of community, as people at the café have to sit together,’ she adds.

Other design features in the café include bespoke furniture such as hand-painted stools and ‘shoe plates’ designed in collaboration with artist Luke Morgan, as well as an Elvis-themed toilet which is housed in a garden shed.

Myerscough was appointed in November 2007 by Cathedral Group creative director Martyn Evans, she says, on the back of work she has completed for the Design Museum.

Further phases in the Deptford Project will include a public square designed by Alison Brooks Architects and a residential building designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Parners.

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